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Todd W. Wahlstrom, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professpr of History

Division: Humanities/Teacher Education Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 100
Phone: 3105064095

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009
  • M.A., Michigan State University, 2003

Todd W. Wahlstrom is a visiting assistant professor of history at Pepperdine University and the author of The Southern Exodus to Mexico: Migration across the Borderlands after the American Civil War. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also taught in the history department. His research focuses on nineteenth-century U.S. history, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, the American West and South, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Mexican and Latin American history.


  • History 204: History of the American People
  • History 424: U.S. History 1920-1952
  • History 433: History of Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Award for Exceptional Academic Leadership, Seaver College, Pepperdine University, 2015
  • UCSB History Department Dissertation Fellowship, 2009
  • UC MEXUS (University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States) Research Grant, 2008
  • Mellon Match Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2008

Selected Works:

  • The Southern Exodus to Mexico: Migration Across the Borderlands after the American Civil War (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press).
  • "Geography as Power: The Political Economy of Matthew Fontaine Maury," co-written with John Majewski, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 120, No. 4, 340-371.
  • "William Marshall Anderson and the Southern Exodus to Mexico," in Dimensions of International Migration (Newcastle, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
  • "A Vision for Colonization: The Southern Migration Movement to Mexico after the U.S. Civil War," Southern Historian, 50-66.

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